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Grace of You (by sbloodsworth)


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I should point out right off the bat that my contributions to this one are limited to the drums, tambourine and accordion. I realize it's therefore kind of a misnomer to post the song as mine, but I hope everyone will let me slide. While the real author has joined MacJams, life hasn't allowed him the time to get involved here.

The song belongs to a good friend of mine (and former bandmate), Stephen Bloodsworth (aka sbloodsworth here). The song is under copyright (2009). In my humble opinion, the guy is just an amazing singer and songwriter. He's the guy who got me started down the digital drum path I am now on. My first song post here at MacJams ("My Head") was also a collab with him, as was the second ("Piece of Heaven"). In the year to the day since that second post, Steve has moved from Nashville back to my area near DC. He dropped me a line three months back and we've been meaning to hang out again since.

He first sent me the MP3 mid-June '09. We passed it back and forth for a month until it sounded decent, then I sent him the raw drum tracks as if I'd mic'ed up a real drumset - giving him the ultimate in control.

Like all of the songs we've worked on together, he sent me an MP3 of the song with everything recorded but drums. I feel everything was recorded and balanced perfectly. All that was left for me was to throw a simple rhythm on top and avoid getting in the way of the song.

He said it would be okay for me to post my mix here, but I never got around to it. My impetus to finally get this one together and posted was to try out a free demo of Ozone 4 (with a nod to Neil Porter for putting that bug in my brain back in January '09). I used a preset ("Gentle Tube" 3-band master) that I tuned ever-so-slightly. I am super-impressed with the program and highly recommend trying out the demo. I plan to delve into it and actually gain some understanding of how sound works in the coming months.

I hope that Steve will take a look at this page and become more active here!
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Lyrics
Well I, if I could go back today
I would surely go and turn around
Everything I had to say
Dig out of the lost and found
Everything that made you go away
Everything that shook me to the ground
I'd take it back and hope you'd stay
And pick me up and turn my life around
Anything I have to do
Whistle like a bluebird's song
I'd put you up a rainbow too
I can make a river run
Underneath a desert sun
Anything I have to do
To get back in the grace of you

Well gather up my broken pieces
Glue me to your soul
Cause I am only breaking further
And I want to be whole

Well I, anything I have to do
Whistle like a bluebird's song
I'd put you up a rainbow too
I can make a river run
Underneath a desert sun
Anything I have to do
To get back in the grace of you

So gather up my broken pieces
Glue me to your soul
Cause I am only breaking further
And I want to be whole

I wish I could make you see
Life alone is killing me

Well I, anything I have to do
To get back in the grace of you
Song Stats
Hits: 2538
Comments: 21
Fans: 20
Plays: 231
Downloads: 86
Votes: 4
Uploaded: Jul 29, 2010 - 03:18:38 AM
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2010 - 04:21:13 PM Last Played: May 22, 2017 - 06:37:28 AM
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Hardware:
Steve recorded using a Roland VS-2480 as his workstation. His true hardware included a Neumann TLM103, an Audio-Technica AT3035, a Yamaha P-60 electric piano, a Taylor 615ce Jumbo acoustic guitar and a Fender Squire P-Bass. Once he got everything together, I used my TD-12 to record my drum part and my M-Audio Keystation 49e to record the accordion and tambourine.
Software:
I brought the MP3 into Logic and used Toontrack's Superior 2.0 to get the drum sound and a stock software instrument for the accordion.
Comments
jiguma said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Accordion???!!!!!?????
You sure are a man of many talents Mike.
I really like Steve's song and both your performances here. I'm glad you decided to get onto Ozone - it makes a huge difference to a mix.
This is a lovely tune - love the harmonies Steve. classy tempo change at the end Mike.
Not much more I can say - love it!
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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alackbass said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Grace of You
Doesn't matter who did what. I'm just glad you posted it. Great tune. Really nice vocal harmonies. The lead vocal has a Steve Stills quality. Come to think of it, there is a CSN vibe all through this. Love your drumming. Why am I fighting with loops when you're an MJ member.

Note to self: Bookmarks Mike's page for future collaborations!
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lavalamp said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Nice, full, rich sound
Enjoyed this a lot. You've got a great sound. Well delivered lyrics.

LL
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ktb said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Grace of You
here i am rushing around this morning and now I find myself kicking back and pulling up a chair and a set of cans, forgetting the days rush :-) Nicely done. Great song writing and terrific additions Mike
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jdholliday said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
ahh a new drummer to collab with
dude this is really good, you did well, I would add ...w/sbloodworth to the title.
I'm sure there are lots of people here looking for drummers to collab with!
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RAVENS said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Very Nice
Whoever contributed to this song, gets a thumbs-up! I like everything about it, vocals, lyrics, instruments...Everything sounds terrific to my ears!

RAVEN ;-)
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crissew said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Very nice stutter
stepping trot in this song. Really like the songwriting in this. Great beat on your part too. throwback 70s vibe but soo damn good. Excellent song. One of the better songs I have heard on here in a while.
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crissew said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
PS
thanks for the download! Why am I the only one, this song is great!
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Gaylen75 said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
This is the best thing I have heard on here
This is so good. I am thrilled that I stopped in and found this.
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Char said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Stephen Bloodsworth
and Mike Watkins are the band to beat. Lyrics and singing are perfect. The drums and tambourine and accordion compliment and add the sparkle. :)
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thoddi said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
What a great song
And very pro performances on every level. From the hardware list I see there's no weak links there;) Your friend is indeed a great songwriter. This is just a super cool tune.

I am a big fan of your drumming Mike. You slide right into the groove and you do a great job both supportive and creative in the rhythm section.

I had to check the hardware list to look for what kind of accordion you play... Sounded pretty real:)

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magnatone said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Grace of You
YAY MIKE!!! so great to have something new from you, and you're right that Stephen is fabulous! This is a terrific song - i LOVE the accordian bits - what a great idea! your percussion sounds awesome as usual, and thanks for the info on Ozone 4 - i've been considering getting that and your words here really help me with that decision!
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Moviz said 2697 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
Very enjoyable
lovely mix of instruments, vocals and percussion all wrapped up in a lovely catchy song, regards M
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drakonis said 2696 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
good stuff...
nice smooth song writing and singing here... and as with anything you touch though Mike, the rhythms of the drums and the fun sparkle of the tambourine really stand out (in a good way, strong but not overstated.) Great guitar work, and super smooth voice, Stephen. Mike, the accordian... I have no idea how you did that, but although I *detest* accordians, somehow you made it fit right in and sound *good* to me... how the heck did you do that? :-)

This almost leans toward sounding like that amazing old band "The Hooters"... good stuff.

ttfn,
Drakonis
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billykirsch said 2694 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Distills quality
At every level. No waste.
Nice you guys are closer. This sounds more than good. A fan already.

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mybravedesign said 2694 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
wow...
this gives me a real "Travis" feel all around but def. original.. this is very very well done and the songwriting is tops....thanks for this...
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867-5309 said 2634 days ago (September 30th, 2010)
feel
what an happy feel - really full - I like using
Neumanns too for recording grands - - - like the solo keys sound here - nice vocal quality - and layering - this song is all over the place - idea-wise - right-on-meaning-pitch-wise too . . .
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Gaylen75 said 2592 days ago (November 10th, 2010)
great
Still great
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PaulaMunk said 2356 days ago (July 5th, 2011)
Re-visited.
SO good. Thanks.
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Philip18 said 2165 days ago (January 12th, 2012)
Grace of You
It's taken me a while to catch up with this one, but I'm glad I did. Wonderful energy to the backing. Bit of Travelling Wilburys feel to it. Good song. Lively vocal. Bright mix. The driving drums are great, Mike - steady when needed, but the kicks and fills give the song variety. Thanks for the download!
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2165 days ago (January 12th, 2012)
grace
really nice clean sound and a great tune. warm vox and harmonies. an accomplished arrangement with a real identity and professional feel. excellent stuff. really enjoyed. cheers graham
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